Sometimes the difference between renting a property quickly or having to wait weeks to find a suitable tenant is curb appeal. Humans judge by appearances, and first impressions count. If someone is interested in your property but drives up and sees an unsightly, disheveled house, then he might just drive away, off to look for something a "little nicer."
So what are some easy ways to increase curb appeal? Here are six that will make your property shine when a prospective tenant comes calling.
Paint the Front Door
The front door is the focal point of your property's exterior. Make it stand out with a new coat of paint. Replace old hardware (hinges, doorknob) or at least use metal polish to make them sparkle.
Dress Up the Mailbox
The mailbox should complement the house. A new one is not very expensive, but if you are on a budget, then paint the current one. Add new house numbers. You can even paint the post to match the front door.
Add a Garden or Flowers
No need to go out to buy seeds and fertilizer for a garden. Just create a quick container garden with ready-made pots. Place various sized pots and containers on either side of the front door. You can also install flower boxes under front windows or hang flowering pots from the front porch.
Update the House Numbers
Replace the house numbers with new ones. They should match the ones on the mailbox and complement the house paint colors.
Replace Lighting Fixtures
If the exterior lighting fixtures are the original ones, then it is time to replace them. Look for ones that match the feel of your home. Sleek, modern fixtures go well with contemporary architecture, while vintage lighting components look great on older homes.
Repair the Driveway
Driveway cracks with weeds growing out of them do not make a good impression. Pull the weeds, hose down the driveway and then pick up some crack filler at the local hardware store. Pour the filler into the cracks, and in 24 to 48 hours, the driveway will look as good as new.
Improving your property's curb appeal does not have to be difficult. A few easy updates and upgrades is all it takes to create an inviting, eye-catching exterior.